jason harris

Jason Harris

New South Wales, National

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Academic Member, Restructuring & Turnaround Associate Member ~ RTA®
Academic Member, Restructuring & Turnaround Associate Member ~ RTA®

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Academic Member

As Professor of Corporate Law at Sydney University, Jason teaches and researches in the areas of Corporate Law, Insolvency Law, Commercial Law and Contracts. Jason’s research is focused on the public and private regulation of financially distressed companies, including debt restructuring, voluntary administration, corporate governance and directors’ duties during financial distress and the regulation of corporate groups.

Jason’s research is frequently cited in Supreme Court and Federal Court decisions and has been cited in the High Court of Australia as well as in Commonwealth parliamentary committees and by academic works in Australia and internationally. Jason is an active participant in law reform initiatives through his policy work with the Governance Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Corporations and Insolvency Committees of the Law Council of Australia.

Jason has served on a number of editorial boards including for the Australian Journal of Corporate Law, the Australian Law Journal and the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice. Jason is a former president of the Corporate Law Teachers’ Association and has previously held academic positions at UNSW, the ANU and UTS and has had visiting academic roles with Universities in England, Canada and the United States.

Jason recently completed his PhD studies at Adelaide Law School on an empirical study of voluntary administration as a corporate rescue mechanism. Jason Harris is co-author of Keay’s Insolvency, with his academic colleague Michael Murray. This fundamental and widely acknowledged text is essential for those seeking to undertake the ABRT Executive Certification.

If you’d like to keep up with Jason’s work and commentary, his website Australian Insolvency Law is essential.

Research interests

  • Corporate debt restructuring and workouts
  • Corporate insolvency and international and comparative insolvency law
  • Personal liability imposed on company directors
  • Regulation of corporate groups and veil piercing
  • Shareholder and creditor roles in corporate governance
  • Personal Property Securities Act
  • Blockchain and corporate law

Education, Professional Memberships & Attainment: 

  • Academic Member and Restructuring & Turnaround Associate. RTA®.
  • Corporate and Legal Issues Committee and Member of the Governance Institute of Australia. FGIA.
  • Law Committee and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. MAICD. 
  • Member of INSOL International.
  • Doctor of Philosophy. University of Adelaide. Insolvency Law. PhD. 
  • Master of Laws. The Australian National University. LLM. 
  • Bachelor of Arts & Law. Western Sydney University. BA LLB. 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin and philosophy. Macquarie University. BA.